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Chromecast now has a preview program for new features

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 03:37 PM PDT

Do you own a Chromecast? Do you want to get new features before anyone else does? Then the new Chromecast Preview Program is for you.

Google today announced an optional preview program for Chromecasts. This isn't a beta program, since it's still stable and ready to use on a daily basis. However, you will see new features before anyone else and will have a chance to give feedback on the changes.

To enter the preview program, open the Google Cast app, hit Devices, find the device you want to enroll in the preview program, press the menu button, press Device Settings, and press Preview Program. You're not guaranteed to have this option, but you can give it a shot. You'll also be able to turn off email notifications for new updates, though Google recommends keeping this on.

Let us know if you manage to get in!


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tinyCam Monitor 7.0 released, Pro version is 50% off to celebrate

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 02:56 PM PDT

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tinyCam Monitor is probably the most feature-packed remote surveillance app on the Play Store. Almost everything you could imagine is here - two-way audio for select cameras, SSL support, MP4 video recording, Google Cast and Android TV support, and even a built-in web server. Version 7.0 of tinyCam has just been released, and to celebrate, the Pro version is 50% off until September 20.

The newest update to tinyCam brings a huge list of new features.

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tinyCam Monitor 7.0 released, Pro version is 50% off to celebrate was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Instagram adds keyword moderation tool to block comments using certain words

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 02:34 PM PDT

With any social network, you're going to see a few bad apples. Because Instagram is far less personal than a site like Facebook, you're likely going to see a lot of strangers liking and commenting on your content. To help keep Instagram pleasant for its users, Instagram has launched a tool to filter comments with certain keywords. You can use Instagram's list of keywords and add your own. This will only apply to your content and is purely optional to use.

While many will cry censorship, this isn't a bad idea. If someone doesn't want to see certain comments, they can filter them out only on their own content. We'll see how well it works and how people react to its use. What are your thoughts on this new feature? Leave a comment!


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HTC teasing Sept. 20 announcement with fingerprint sensor teaser video

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 02:34 PM PDT

HTC is hyping its September 20 announcement by releasing teaser videos of its upcoming device. The latest video shows off the fingerprint sensor in the middle of the back, a popular place for fingerprint sensors these days.

The device is most likely going to be a new Desire device. It looks a lot like the leaked Desire 10 Pro, which features a large camera on the rear and gold accents on a black body.

We'll soon find out what HTC has in store for us, but we're hoping for a fairly low price. With so many great budget options available, HTC can't afford to price budget devices high.


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Google posts Android distribution numbers for September 2016

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 02:08 PM PDT

Google has released the Android distribution numbers for the seven-day period ending on September 5, and things are looking good for Marshmallow. Android 6.0 grew over 3.5 percent since last month and it's now up to 18.7 percent.

Almost one-fifth of the Android market is a large chunk, but we already have a new version of Android that should show up on the next distribution chart. Nougat is the new version we'll all be watching, though Marshmallow should be growing more and more as older devices are very slowly updated.

Fortunately, over 80 percent of devices are now on Android 4.4 and up, but it's not likely updates will start coming quicker.


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Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016) with S Pen announced

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 10:24 AM PDT

The S Pen, traditionally a standard accessory for the Galaxy Note smartphone lineup, hasn't been seen in Samsung's tablet line for a while. But there's a new device headed to the market that could signal a change in trends.

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Tab A (2016) with S Pen for the South Korean market. As far as specifications go, the new tablet boasts a 10.1-inch tablet with a 1080p HD resolution, a 1.6Ghz octa-core processor under the hood, along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. There's a microSD card slot for expandable storage, too, as well as an 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP front-facing shooter on the other side. The Galaxy Tab A (2016) also offers Android 6.0 out of the box, its battery is measured in at 7300mAh, and it has 4G LTE connectivity.

The big feature here is support for the S Pen. It will allow Galaxy Tab A (2016) owners to take notes on the display, even when it's off, and translate words.

As far as pricing goes, the Galaxy Tab A (2016) will retail for 489,000 Won (about $434 USD). It will be available initially in South Korea, but there's no word on when it will launch in other markets.

 


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[Not US] SoundHound Unlimited down from $5.99 to $0.10 in a few countries

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 10:24 AM PDT

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SoundHound is a bit like Shazam, but on steroids. If it wasn't for Shazam's integration with OK Google, SoundHound would be the only music identification app I have on my phone, because it doesn't just do searches of music playing around you, it can also recognize songs you sing or hum. It works more often than you'd think, even with a couple of missed lyrics, out of tune notes, and even half-accurate hums.

SoundHound also has the benefit of the Hound voice assistant, which means that you can ask it to identify a song, add it to your Spotify playlist, get information about artists and releases, and more without touching a single button.

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[Not US] SoundHound Unlimited down from $5.99 to $0.10 in a few countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Chromecast Preview Program lets you test drive new Chromecast firmware before they're released

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 09:53 AM PDT

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Back in May, Cody unveiled strings in the Google Cast app version 1.15 that pointed to an upcoming "Chromecast Preview Program." It was clear from the code that the app would start offering an opt-in option for users to test new versions of the Chromecast firmware before they're released to the public. But for months, the Preview Program was nowhere to be found in the app.

In the last couple of days, we've received a couple of tips from users telling us that the option has now shown up for them inside the Google Cast app.

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Chromecast Preview Program lets you test drive new Chromecast firmware before they're released was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 update will set recharge limit to 60 percent

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 08:28 AM PDT

Samsung is trying to lessen the impact of faulty batteries in Galaxy Note 7 units out in the real world, especially for those who are holding onto their units. One way to do that is to limit the total charge the device's battery can take.

Samsung has announced that it will be rolling out a software update, beginning for Galaxy Note 7 units in South Korea, that will restrict the phablet's battery from charging beyond 60 percent. This could help to prevent the Note 7′s battery from overheating, which could cause an explosion. The number of explosions out in the real world continues to rise, with the most recent report of a phablet exploding in the hands of a 6-year old.

As mentioned above, the software update has been confirmed for South Korea, and it will go live on September 20. It has not been confirmed whether or not the software update will be released outside of South Korea.

Only being able to charge the device to 60 percent might be a pain, but considering Samsung and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have said that Galaxy Note 7 users should simply turn their device off altogether, this might be the only worthwhile option to consider for now.

Do you still own your Galaxy Note 7?


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Google Maps' speed limits start showing up while driving... on Android Auto

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 08:15 AM PDT

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There are some missing features in Android and some of Google's apps that are simply incomprehensible. Speed limits is one of them. In countries where speed limits are enforceable by the law and mandatory to respect (ie not here in Lebanon), it's quite unfathomable to me that you would be using a routing and navigation app that didn't show you the speed limit of each road you were taking so you could drive safely and lawfully.

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Google Maps' speed limits start showing up while driving... on Android Auto was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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E! Now, NBC Universo Now, and Oxygen Now apps now available on the Play Store

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 07:39 AM PDT

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What's the point of having one app to watch your favorite TV content when you can have alltheapps?! NBC Universal seems to think so and has released even more streaming apps for each of its channels. Previously, we had Bravo Now and SyFy Now (and USA Now and Telemundo Now), but now three more channels are joining the fold.

E! Now, NBC Universo Now, and Oxygen Now are all available on the Play Store for fans of the channels.

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E! Now, NBC Universo Now, and Oxygen Now apps now available on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Deal Alert] Motorsport Manager 0.10 worldwide, LapseIt Pro 0.10 in UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Russia

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 06:29 AM PDT

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We love on-sale games and apps here at Android Police, and we've got another two for you, with LapseIt Pro on sale for 0.10 in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, and Russia, while Motorsport Manager is available for the same price worldwide.

LapseIt is a camera app which makes creating timelapses and stop-motion videos easy. In my testing, although I found the UI a little... cumbersome, the timelapses the app creates are excellent.

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[Deal Alert] Motorsport Manager 0.10 worldwide, LapseIt Pro 0.10 in UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Russia was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Here Are Some New Renders For The HTC Pixel

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 10:19 PM PDT

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We're less than a month away from the expected reveal date for Google's upcoming Pixel phones and new renders of the smaller Pixel "Sailfish" have surfaced online.

Thanks to a collaboration between @Onleaks and Android Authority, new renders of the Pixel show off almost every angle of the phone. The picture above gives as a second look at the front of the phone with its ~5-inch display, and it's really not too shabby. If there's one thing I'll miss from Google's Nexus line, it has to be the notification LED.

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Here we take a closer look at the interesting but unique glass panel containing the Nexus Imprint fingerprint scanner. It's not clear if the Pixel will come with an improved fingerprint scanner.

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The bottom of the phone houses the USB C port and stereo speakers. Knowing HTC, I'm confident the speakers on the Pixel should sound great.

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Onleaks and Android Authority were also kind enough to share the dimensions, which are 143.8 mm height x 69.5 mm width x 7.3 mm/8.5 mm (top) thickness. For those of you coming from the iPhone thanks to no 3.5mm headphone jack, the Pixel will indeed come with a top mounted headphone jack.

The Pixel and Pixel XL (not showed) will be unveiled on October 4th alongside a new Android 7.1 build.

The post Here Are Some New Renders For The HTC Pixel appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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31 new and notable Android games from the last 2 weeks (8/31/16 - 9/12/16)

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 08:43 PM PDT

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